The Seeds you water are the seeds that grow
Winning BEST Yoga/Pilates Studio of the Year by That's Beijing (Editors pick) 2019 speaks volumes about the power of Taozi's small community boutique feeling, which it is able to maintain despite the size and scope of it's community gatherings. Whether you want to breathe into a rigorous Vinyasa flow under the cities stars or settle into a restorative sound healing in peace, Taozi's schedule is well-rounded and robust to help support the different layers of your journey.
We are also home to a thriving 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training course, run seasonally, to help inspire and transform the lives of eager yogis looking to go deeper beyond the physical practice.
Taozi Tree Yoga is perhaps most well known for its long time running of Yoga in the Park with Moka Bros and our other renowned community events in some of the city's most stunning spaces including, the Kerry Center, Hotel Éclat and more. We also run weekly off-site programs in corporations, embassies, and international schools.
We are proud to be a part of this strong community of yoga practitioners and are honored to have some of the city's most devoted teachers which serve as our heartbeat.
Thank you to all of our students, supporters, teachers, collaborative partners, and loved ones who are all a part of our lifeblood. We couldn't do any of it without you.
Theresa Parsonage / Taozi
Founder, CEO, 500hr E-RYT, YTT Lead Trainer
Theresa is Founder of Taozi Tree Yoga. She is a 500 E-RYT and has been teaching, and continuously studying for over a decade. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Digest, City Weekend, CCTV, and more. With thousands of hours of teaching experience and certified with 1000+ hours of the highest quality Yoga Alliance trainings, Theresa loves leading these trainings in the community she calls home.
Founder, CFO, Yoga for Athletes
Ross is Founder of Taozi Tree Yoga. For all his life, he has a big passion in football. He also trains for triathlons in his spare time. Ross teaches Yoga for Athletes in Taozi Tree Yoga.
Bruno Di Angelis
Hatha/Sivananda, Sound Healing, YTT Trainer
Bruno was born in Brazil and has lived in Beijing since 2013. In 2014, he started practicing yoga and two years later got his teacher certificate from the Sivananda School. He has taught yoga ever since and in 2018 was invited to join Taozi to teach pranayama and meditation in the YTT program. During his yoga training in 2016, he had a profound experience with the Tibetan singing bowls.
Vinyasa, Taozi YTT Grad, YTT Trainer
Originally trained in the global fitness industry, Guy found that adding the practice of yoga to his more physical regime was a great combination - a way to stretch deeper and move inward in complement to his more athletic work-outs. He received his 200HR Yoga Teacher Training with Taozi Tree Yoga in the Spring of 2019 and has been one of their star teachers ever since. He continues to train whenever given the opportunity, taking courses like Anatomy with Zhao and Yin with Jess Jia.
Vinyasa, YTT Trainer
Jess Jia is a certified yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance of the American Yoga Association and has more than 700 hours of yoga teaching experience. Jess Jia is always committed to learning and improving her knowledge and practice of yoga. Jess's courses are mainly aimed at enhancing students' physical strength and flexibility, as well as the improvement of spiritual awareness.
Vinyasa, YTT Trainer
Zhao started to practice yoga when she was a teenager in Finland and Sweden. In 2011, she became a 300-hour Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher, trained in Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, Qi Gong, and Pilates. For the last 6 years she has been teaching mostly in Beijing and other countries while traveling. She has trained with Matthew Cohen, Sarah Powers, Donna Farhi, Tiffany Cruikshank, Shiva Rea and other world-recognized teachers.
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, 500hr E-RYT
Tania May's first yoga teacher training was taken in India (2018) at Abhinam Yoga Centre in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (200 hr). Her second YTT was done in Thailand (2020) in Aerial Yoga (50 hr). In 2021, she also completed a 6-month detailed online yoga course in Hatha Yoga With a Focus on Yoga Therapy (250 hr) while also taking a Yoga Therapy of the Back course (75 hr) and an Anatomy and Physiology course (170 hr).
Prenatal, Taozi YTT Grad
Lorraine (Lainy) is a Global Citizenship coordinator & Economics teacher at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). She has been practicing yoga for 20 years. She graduated from the Taozi Tree 200+ hour YTT program in the Spring of 2019. Since then, she has taught yoga to staff and students at WAB. Lainy recently completed her 192 hour YTT in Prenatal, Postnatal, Baby Massage and Baby Yoga through London-based Yoga school 'appleyoga'.
Ashtanga, Taozi Tree Yoga Teacher
Before entering the yoga industry, Susan had experience working with multi-national companies for over 10 years, mainly focusing on consultancy. Susan began practicing yoga in 2006, and in 2017 she started to follow the great Ashtanga Master Mr. Wang Xiang Dong, who followed Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for years, studying Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. Her practice of Ashtanga started in 2017 and has continued nonstop.
Vinyasa, Taozi YTT Grad
Gabi started her passion to yoga since 2016 in China, Beijing. After that she completed Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours at Taozi Tree Yoga in 2019. Gabi teaches Vinyasa/Yin yoga/Core flow with major focus on the breath. She believes everyone should find his/her own breath in yoga practice.
Deep Stretch, Vinyasa, Taozi YTT Grad
Chloe started her yoga journey in 2008 in the US and completed her yoga alliance 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Taozi Tree Yoga in 2018. She lived in the US for over 12 years, so Chloe can teach yoga in both English and Chinese. Chloe teaches Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Core Flow, Deep Stretch, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Traditional and modern yoga including Aerial, Paddleboard, Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Inside flow for all levels with a strong focus on Pranayama and Mindfulness.
Vinyasa, Taozi YTT Grad
Kat has been practicing yoga on and off since 1992. She graduated from Taozi Tree Studio’s 200HR Yoga Teacher Training in February 2021 and has been teaching at the studio ever since, leading vinyasa flow and mediation classes. She is passionate about breaking down the barriers that people have that keep them from loving themselves, accepting their bodies, and trying new things. She hopes to share this experience with anyone and everyone who has ever felt their body was not what they wanted it to be.
Vinyasa Level 1-2
Suitable for all levels with modifications. As you mindfully integrate movement and breath, this Vinyasa class is aimed at the seasoned beginner and intermediate practitioners who are ready to expand their yoga practice. These classes begin to encourage practitioners to explore getting upside-down and may incorporate some arm balances and deeper backbends. We recommend that students seeking to take these classes feel confident, safe, and strong throughout classic sun salutations.
Vinyasa Level 2-3
A stronger flow for those with intermediate to advanced yoga experience. This is a strong, flowing, heat building class in which students are challenged more deeply on both a physical and psychological level. While more physically advanced yoga postures (asanas) are introduced to the practice like inversions and arm balances. A deeper understanding and involvement on basic asanas is cultivated and encouraged.
Suitable for all levels. This class emphasizes postures to stretch, release and open the major groups of muscle of the full-body. You'll access the deeper connective tissues such as the fascia. Expect to be seated, lying down, and supported with props for much of the class. Slow, deep, long holding stretches can gently open the tense parts of your body, ease the mind and help you connect deeper with your inner self. Lean in, breathe deep and stretch deep!
Suitable for all levels. Yin yoga targets the body's connective tissue. Unlike Vinyasa (yang) practice, yin yoga is a slower-paced class with long-held passive poses doing wonders for joint health, flexibility, circulation, and mental focus.
Suitable for MOST, Absolute beginners Should Seek A Level. 1 class. Hatha is a potent alignment-oriented practice that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility, and balance as well as concentration and breath. This class is based on physical postures (Asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body.
Suitable for all levels. Our bodies have an innate ability to relax given the right circumstances. Restorative yoga uses a series of easy, supported poses held for a long time under the right conditions (including the use of many props) to tip the balance from "fight or flight" mode into maximum relaxation. Yogis developed these poses over many years, but science tells us that, under the conditions set in restorative yoga, immediate effects on heart rate, blood pressure, and brain activity are possible. Emphasis on complete muscular relaxation and comfort are emphasized to achieve a quiet state of mind and body.
Suitable for expectant mothers. Please seek the attention of your doctor for advice on whether yoga is suitable for you during pregnancy. These classes prepare a woman physically, emotionally and spiritually for the precipitation of labor and specific physical postures, a woman begins to create a strong and flexible body and mindset that will help her through this special time. Prenatal yoga poses support the nervous system. Naturally calming, yoga instills trust in one's body and it's ability to birth. Come meet other moms-to-be and share In this nurturing environment. This class is open to all stages of pregnancy.
Kundalini Yoga is a technology comprised of thousands of kriyas and meditations each with a specific desired outcome. They stimulate the glandular system and the parasympathetic nervous system. Kundalini Yoga works the entire nervous and glandular system and awakens the full potential of human awareness in each individual.
Suitable for MOST with Modifications. Join this special Vinyasa Flow that brings More Yang, and longer holding, grounding poses that are more Yin, and get your body and mind ready for a good rest so that we can start energetically on Monday. A soothing aromatic scent will make it easier to breathe deeper and to relax.
A stronger flow for those with some yoga experience. Intended to be a daily practice, this powerful, healing practice is a specific sequence of postures (asanas) linking breath (pranayama) and movement (vinyasa.) Ashtanga is an athletic flow combining strength, flexibility, and stamina for a complete practice. If you like a strong power yoga or vinyasa class then you should find this challenging and rewarding.
Yoga for Athletes
Suitable for all levels. Here's a class that's appropriate for both beginners and more seasoned yogis looking for less flow and more stretch. Expect to move in this class but the movement is not complicated and is always accessible to all body types. We work to experience greater ease in the body so that, when you walk out of the yoga studio, you feel looser and calmer than when you walked in. This is a great class for athletes looking to complement the sports they love and for anyone that finds they sit too much and need to stretch. We will always incorporate some core strengthening into every class for fitness and for the health of the low back.
By Donation Classes
Taozi Tree Yoga is both a yoga studio with experienced teachers AND a yoga school that trains budding yoga teachers that have recently graduated from Yoga Teacher Training. By Donation classes are taught by these recent grads and you are welcome to pay any amount you feel is appropriate or use a Taozi Tree class pass to attend.
Arrive about 10-15 minutes before class when possible.
Try to refrain from eating 2 hours before class.
Turn off all cell phones before entering the studio.
Please remove your shoes before entering our class space.
Try to refrain from walking on other students mats.
Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or oils to class.